Penn Sociology Undergraduate Awards and Honors

Outstanding Student Award: This award is given to a graduating senior who has accumulated an exceptional all-around record in Sociology. Factors that will be considered include Sociology GPA, overall academic achievement, involvement in class, fellowships and awards received, presentations at conferences and public meetings, and other efforts to bring knowledge from the field of Sociology to bear in the social world inside or outside of Penn. Students must be nominated by a Sociology faculty member. Self-nominations are not allowed. 

2023 - Ian Lee Ang 

2022 - Rowana Miller

2021 - Shawn Kim

2020 - Chelsea Gardner

2019 - KaJaiyaiu Hopkins

2018 - Jenna Priore

2017 - Anya Hutter

2016 - Elizabeth Schwartz

E. Digby Baltzell Senior Thesis Award: Awarded for the best senior thesis submitted by a sociology major during the year. 

2023 - Sylvie Tuder, "'Like sardines in a can': The association between jail crowding & excess mortality in the United States from March 2020- March 2022." Advisors: Professor Courtney Boen & Jason Schnittker

2022 - Catalina Ruiz, "K-5 Literacy Loss During the Pandemic:
Indicators of Deterioration in Literacy at Philadelphia Neighborhood Schools." Advisor, Prof. Emilio Parrado.

2021 Co-recipients:

  • Lucia Pallotta "Attitudes Towards People Undergoing Eviction: A Conjoint Analysis." Advisor, Prof. Wendy Roth.
  • Marion Standefer "Testing Parental Commitments: How COVID-19 Illuminated the Ramifications of School Choice." Advisor: Prof. Annette Lareau

Honorable Mention:

Mariko Lewis "Ivy League Students’ Experiences with Incarceration." Advisor, Prof. Melissa Wilde

2020 Co-recipients:

  • Chelsea Gardner, "Exploring the Role of Skin Tone Among Black, Low-Income, College Students." Advisor, Wendy Roth.
  • Cindy Luo, "Linguistic Trajectories and Heritage Language Journeys: Patterns of Language Maintenance & Language Shift in Second Generation Chinese Americans." Advisor, Betsy Rymes.

2019 - Seyeon Kim, “The Role of Test Scores in the Students’ Occupational Aspirations.” Advisor, Hyunjoon Park.

2018 - Benjamin Pollack, "Clinical Socialization and Engagement of Adolescent Male Patients within the Medical System." Advisor: Prof. Charles Bosk.

2017 - Golda Kaplan, "'Now it’s just normal': Anticipatory Socialization in Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Behavior." Advisor, Prof. Annette Lareau.

2016 - Aliza Caplan, "From Employment to Retirement: A Study of West Philadelphia Senior Community Center (WPSCC)." Advisor, Dr. Robin Leidner.

2015 - Chloe Sigal, "Cashing In Versus Being Dangerous: The Class-Mediated Nature of Social Movement Coalition Identity: A Case Study of Two Philadelphia Black Lives Matter Coalitions." Advisor, Dr. Amada Armenta. 

Outstanding Service Award: Awarded to a student who has demonstrated exceptional service to the program, Penn, and the outside community.

2023 - Laila Shadid
2022 - Eva Lewis 
2021 - Margaret Tebbe
2020 - Mckayla Warwick
2019 - Cathy Tran
2018 - Tiffany Yau
2017 - Tiffany Rodriguez 

Best Paper Award: This award is given to any Penn undergraduate in recognition of the best paper submitted to any undergraduate Sociology class at Penn. Faculty are asked to submit no more than two papers per year for consideration. Self-nominations are not allowed.  Papers written in the previous Fall and Spring will be considered. 

2023 - Maya Pratt-Freedman, "Race and police relations: Student attitudes towards Penn Police." Instructor: Tessa Huttenlocher, SOCI 2000: Sociological Research Methods. Instructor: Tessa Huttenlocher, PhD Candidate in Sociology.

2022 - Ellen Manford (Economics Major, '22), "Black Women and Desirability: The Intersection of Race and Gender"
SOCI 122: Sociology of Gender, Prof. Robin Leidner.

2021 - Co-recipients:

  • Hannah Lottenberg "Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Work." SOCI 117: Sociology of Work, Prof. Robin Leidner.
  • Joanna Kim (History and Health and Societies major) "Race and Communication." SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociological Research, Prof. Melissa Wilde.

2020 - Sophia Lindner (’20): "Through Their Eyes: Revisiting the First Great Migration to Philadelphia - A Digital Exhibit." SOCI 660, Exhibiting Black Bodies, Tukufu Zuberi.

2019 - Nathaniel Redding, "Building Men’s Friendships: Mechanisms by which Men Achieve and Maintain Closeness." SOCI 222, Field Methods, Annette Lareau.

2018 - Co-recipients:

  • Julia Tolmachyov (Finance major) "Body Consciousness in Female Adolescents: A Case Study." Sociology of Gender, Fall 2017, Prof. Robin Leidner
  • Cathy Tran "First-generation students: Navigating the College Experience through Peer Influence." Field Methods, Spring 2017, Prof. Annette Lareau.

2017 - Rebecca Brown, "They’re Still With Her: Student Volunteers Discuss the 2017 Presidential Election, Their Passionate Selves, and Professional Futures" (SOCI 517: Work and Identity, Prof. Robin Leidner).

2016 - Max Meis, "Las Maquiladoras y la Immagración: A Failure by the Mexican Government." (SOCI 431: Modern Mexican Society, Instructor Dr. Juan Manuel Lombera)

Students who graduated with Honors in Sociology ('17-present):

2023: Ian Lee Ang, Maria Bellacosa, Jin Byun, Sunwenxi Huang, Anya Miller, Maya Pratt-Freedman, Leslie Roman, Asger Theiden, Sylvie Tuder

2022: Omar Bakri, Emily Campbell, Rowana Miller, Jenna Pollack, Catalina Ruiz, Dallas Ryan, Rachel Thomas

2021: Eliza Jane Becker, Shawn Kim, Mariko Lewis, Audrey McQuietor, Lucia Pallotta , Marion Standefer, Margaret Tebbe

2020: Rachel Fromer, Chelsea Gardner, Sophia Lindner, Cindy Luo, Peter Maisano, Mercedes Morgante-Guiliani, and Ángel Ortiz-Siberón

2019: Luis Bravo, Belden Carlson, Jenny Choi, KaJaiyaiu Hopkins, Seyeon Kim, Anea Moore, Cathy Tran

2018: Benjamin Pollack, Tiffany Yau

2017: Louisa Baidoo, Michael Coyne, Anya Hutter, Golda Kaplan, Tiffany Rodriguez, and Francine Stephens

2023 Scholar Award Winners

(From left to right - Professor Chenoa Flippen and Mr. Marcus Wright on either side of the students) 

Ian Lee Ang: Outstanding Student Award 

Laila Shadid: Outstanding Service Award

Sylvie Tuder: E. Digby Baltzell Thesis Award

Maya Pratt-Freedman: Best Paper Award 

2023 Scholar Awards